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Have you ever thought of participating in a tutoring session via online video chat? It seems that our technological advances have forever changed the preconceived notions of how different tasks are completed. For example, entire degree programs at many universities are provided completely online. The students and faculty only communicate via email or the virtual classroom's discussion board. So, how long will it be before tutoring services are effectively provided through Skype, FaceTime, or other online presentation format? I feel that the use of technology can be a great tool to help students reach more tutors more efficiently. The idea of tutoring without a personal interaction at a public location is quite new. However, if a student is a long driving distance from the tutor that best assists them in their subject matter, it can be greatly useful to have that student and tutor complete their tutoring session over a video chat service so as to best assist the student and provide... read more

Ever been at your computer with the motivation to work on schoolwork, research the topic for your next paper or presentation, and complete the discussion board posts for the week and then find yourself engulfed in social media for hours, having not completed any of the aforementioned tasks? This has been referred to as the "Facebook Effect" and is merely a recognition of technology's increasing grip on our lives as a social respite, resource, and community. However, the effects of such activity usually result in the reduction of productivity, which has also expanded into the professional world. This phenomenon of social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like) has revolutionized the way society interacts with others, including the method of interpersonal relationship maintenance. Our new global society has become a bastion of increased social output, but the cost to this expansive society is the newfound distractions that it presents. And so, in order to... read more

When writing an essay there are many requirements from the instructor on how to format your work, whether the assignment should be written in the first, second, or third person, and even the parameters with which to write. The words "style" and "format" are often confused due to these requirements. I hope this helps clear things up a bit. Style refers to the actual writing perspective and purpose of the work. For example, the requirement that your work be a research paper and should include a large amount of researched data would be a style requirement. Another example would be a requirement that you describe an experience you have had (or assigned experience for the class) from the first person. Normally, using "I" or "me" while writing is considered improper and lazy, however, in this case, the instructor is trying to get you to write your experiences more creatively and is giving you room to work with by allowing you to write in the... read more

Have you ever experienced "writer's block"? Most students have, but how can you overcome this crippling condition when your paper is due so soon? I have researched many methods to prevent and overcome writer's block for my personal benefit as a student. The differing methods are focused for different writers and learning styles. For instance, the student who spends a great deal of time researching for an expository essay or research paper may benefit from regular breaks throughout the writing process (approx. 15 minutes/hour) to keep their mind and fingers fresh and nimble. On the other hand, a student can benefit from free-writing and then editing their paper once done. The free-writing method has a student write all his entire thoughts first, without formatting or editing, and then take time afterward to properly edit and format the work. As a tool for all the students I tutor, I remind them to not look at their finished essay for 24 hours once their final edits... read more

We are all very familiar with the ways our teachers presented material during grade school and high school, but were the presentation methods ever in line with your learning style? All too often a student's learning style is over-looked for a myriad of reasons. Interestingly enough, though your instructor may not teach to your specific learning style, you can effectively take notes that are best suited to the different ways students absorb information. For instance, if you are a student who has identified you are an auditory learner, then you may want to consider using a tape recorder or a digital voice recorder instead of writing notes during lectures and presentations. (As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to ask permission from your instructor prior to recording their voice.) When you spend time studying after class, you will be able to listen to the lecture or presentation as many times as you would like, making your study time both efficient and effective! Prior... read more

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